Events


The Lord's Diner received $10,000 from Dold foods. Pictured are staff from Dold and The Lord's Diner Director Jan Haberly.

A group of sisters who worked at The Lord’s Diner, posed for a fun group photo after serving the patrons of the diocesan food ministry. The three-wheeled open air roadster belongs to Bruce Meyer a weekly Diner volunteer.
Members of WSU's Student Activities Council helped out at The Lord's Diner on Saturday, March 4.

Students of Remington Elementary School, located about 30 miles northeast of Wichita, participated in an event called “100 Heart Prints” in which students make a difference in the community by doing 100 of something for the 100th day of school. Each grade level set a goal of collecting 100 pounds of food. They collected beans, pasta, rice, sugar, and cookies – 600 pounds of food and 800 bags of cookies.

KEYN sponsored their annual Turkey drive. Many gave turkeys or cash for this event. Pictured is Terry Newman and Eddy Lemmon who collected turkeys at Blue River Mexican Grill and Tad's Locker Room.

Cargill's (pictured: 84 boxes containing 4 turkey each) generosity provided 340 turkeys! The generosity was completed with Meritrust donating over 60 more turkeys.

We are grateful to Augustine, Grace and Ignatius Kroupa who raised and sold vegetables, giving the proceeds to help feed guests at The Lord's Diner.

Thank you Dold Foods team led by plant manager Joe Peine. They volunteer on the Evergreen truck once a month. The local Dold foods a division of Hormel Foods gave a $10,000 donation.

Thank you Kansas Gas Service volunteers for getting our garden started for the year! We appreciate all your hard work!

Golden Plains Credit Union donated $1,500. The employees who made this possible are pictured; Steve Neises, center, was on staff at the credit union before he joined The Lord's Diner staff.

Liam donated $40 dollars to The Lord's Diner.

The guests enjoying their Christmas meals. The Lynne Ruffin-Smith Charitable Foundation sponsored the meals at all locations for the week of Christmas.

Two gold coins in red bags were donated to the Diner Tuesday, Dec. 15, by the Wichita Community Foundation's Gold Coin Society Fund. Each coin is valued at about $1,145.

Thanks to the St. Thomas Mom's group who makes stockings for the kids every year! The stockings were handed out at Broadway and Hillside.

First National Bank donated $355 on Dec. 10, 2015. Textron Scorpion group also collected hats, gloves, socks and canned goods along with their donation of $650.

Lil' Caesars provided pizza for all of our guests at the Evergreen location on Dec. 2. Their semi is equipped to prepare pizza on site. The local franchisee Christy Anderson sponsored the event. The truck is a corporate promotion. Local staff did all of the cooking. 967 guests were served.


The Lord's Diner won a $500 Wins for Kansas grant through KAKEland Cares Wins for Kansas program and their partners DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers. Christine Sementelli nominated The Lord’s Diner Murder Mystery Event but the check was given directly to The Lord’s Diner.

A float for The Lord's Diner was in a parade celebrating St. Joseph in Andale's 125th Anniversary. Each volunteer on the float wore a Lord's Diner apron. The volunteers on the float were Joan Winter, Shirley & Max Stuever, Betty Lovett, Chris Schaeffer, Marge Gruenbacher, Karen Lies, Doris Nilles, Kathy Focke, Arrah May, Jane & Bart Reichenberger & Pat Martin.

This group is from Faith Tabernacle in Liberal, spent two days bagging approximately 35,000 Girl Scout cookies which will be served on our food trucks.

Lucy and Olivia Gehrer, daughters of Joe and Rebecca Gehrer from St. Vincent de Paul Parish. They brought a donation of cash and canned goods - items received for their birthday in lieu of gifts.

Funny Hat Day, organized by Jerri Drinnen - volunteers and Staff of the Prep shift wore funny hats as they prepared the daily meal.

Staff member Carissa Yarnall with produce from the garden located at the Hillside location.

Above: Kansas Gas has truly been a God send. John and his team have literally taken over the garden.
They have cleared, rototilled weeded and now have planted our garden. Staff member Carissa has
overseen their efforts and we are all very grateful for all of their hard work.

Above: Group from WSU who under the guidance of Wade Robinson volunteered getting our garden ready.

Above:The Lord's Diner received a grant from Cargill for $24,000 credit at The Kansas Food Bank.

ABOVE: Welcoming the hungry - Wichita’s Eastside Welcome Wagon recently held a luncheon
and auction and donated the proceeds to The Lord’s Diner. Thank you for your generosity!

ABOVE: The picture above shows how much spaghetti it takes to feed more than 2,000 people. On
July 24, 2014, The Lord's Diner locations served 2,484 guests. Truck #2 served 875 guests on that day.

ABOVE: 768 cans of vegetables are used to feed the 2,500 guests at all locations on a given night.

ABOVE: Katelyn, right, donates $40 in proceeds from her lemonade stand to the Lord's Diner.

ABOVE: Bishop Carl A. Kemme blesses the second food truck on Tuesday, June 17. The mobile feeding program will be located in Wichita's Hilltop area.

ABOVE: On April 2, The Lord's Diner re-stocked the pantry as 12,800 pounds of food was delivered. The delivery included staples like chicken, beef, sugar, lots of canned vegetables and fruits, beans, pasta, rice, napkins and "to-go" containers.

ABOVE: Miss Kansas High School America 2014 Visits The Lord's Diner. Ari Tull, Miss KS High School America 2014, stopped by the Diner the week of March 17, 2014 to volunteer. She earned the title in October 2013 and in July 2014 will compete in the national pageant in Orlando Florida which will include young women from all 50 states, Washington DC, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Ari currently lives in Goddard and is busy with her home studies. She eventually hopes to attend Butler County Community College before transferring to Wichita State University to complete a degree in Business. We hope she will continue to volunteer with us in the future. Everyone really enjoyed working with her.

ABOVE: A check is presented to The Lord's Diner from the estate of Barbara Karges. Karges' friend, Dolores Crum, is presenting the check to Jan Haberly.Dolores and Barbara were life long friends from Blessed Sacrament, Cathedral HS and college.

ABOVE: Target presented The Lord's Diner with 26 large Butterball turkeys. This will provide the evening meal for the nearly 1,000 guests that we are currently serving at our two locations and the food truck.

ABOVE: First National Bank representatives, left and right, present a check to Jan Haberly, center, for the Lord's Diner.

ABOVE: Project Placemats at the St. Mary Parish, Derby Ministry Fair

ABOVE: Clowning around at Trunk or Treat. Three local clowns helped make Trunk or Treat an even more memorable and fun event Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27. The parking lot of First United Methodist Church had decorated cars lined up with the cars’ trunks open and full of treats for downtown area children. The Lord’s Diner, First United Methodist Church, the Downtown YMCA, The Salvation Army, and Partners for Wichita sponsored the “Downtown Trunk or Treat at Central and Broadway.” The event included various family oriented activities.

ABOVE: Both teams are winners. A Garden Plain high school student carries a big load of canned goods into The Lord’s Diner Saturday, Oct. 12. He and other Garden Plain High School students and administrators delivered and unloaded more than 18,000 food items from their food drive competition with Conway Springs High School. Food was collected at both schools from Oct. 7-11. Conway Springs won the donation competition and the game that night.


Pictured above: A recent power outage affected The Lord's Diner, causing the dishwasher to be down.


ABOVE: Kristina Finley, Cargill employee, received a volunteerism award and chose The Lord's
Diner as the recipient of a $500 check from Cargill Cares.


ABOVE: Learjet check presentation. From right to left: Donna Clark, Jan Haberly, Linda Jesseph, Molly Edwards, and Loretta Reuther.


ABOVE: Gold coins for diocesan ministries. Jan Haberly, executive director of The Lord’s Diner,
holds a gold coin donated anonymously to the ministry.

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